According to The Punch, the Federal Government has given the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) half of the check-off dues for November 2022 that were deducted from the salaries of all lecturers of federal universities across the country.
Olajide Oshundun, the ministry’s spokesman, claimed in an interview with The PUNCH that the government’s decision was based on ASUU’s refusal to provide its audit findings.
The chairperson of ASUU, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof Gbolahan Bolarin, while speaking to The Punch Yesterday said: “After the report by The PUNCH, the union received an alert intimating us of the receipt of the check-off dues. However, what we noticed was that we did not receive full payment. Instead, we received less than what was due.
“The funny aspect is that the government made full deductions from the salaries of our members. Our question now to them is where is the balance of the check-off dues?
“You can’t make full deductions and then remit half of what you deducted into the account of the union. The government needs to let us know what they plan to do with the money still with them.”
The news platform has also claimed that the Ministry of Labour and Employment’s spokesperson, Oshundun, did not return calls or messages as of the time this article was filed, making attempts to gain his views unsuccessful.